Golden Dawn Nazi Pictures Arise

    Golden Dawn Nazis

    As the Greek Justice system builds a case of running a criminal gang against the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, photos have surfaced showing its leaders giving Nazi salutes in front of a giant Swastika flag.

    Party leader Nikos Michaloliakos, who is detained in jail pending his trial, has denied Golden Dawn is influenced by Nazi methodology although prosecutors have built a 10,000-page case file and digital evidence showing otherwise, including testimony from former members who said he used Nazi methodology to run it.

    A series of photographs was published in the Efimerida ton Syntakton newspaper showing Michaloliakos, his second-in-command Christos Pappas and the party’s spokesman Ilias Kasidiaris performing the Nazi salute in front of Nazi flags, evidence that is expected to strengthen the case of magistrates leading a criminal investigation into GD.

    One of the photos shows a young Michaloliakos, who is in pre-trial custody in Attica’s Korydallos Prison, with his arm raised in a Nazi salute in front of a large swastika.

    Another photo shows Pappas, who is also in Korydallos, in a similar pose in front of a tombstone commemorating Nazi soldiers in a German military cemetery in the area of Rapentoza, Dionysos, near Mount Penteli, north of Athens.

    Another photograph shows Kasidiaris with a group of others also performing the Nazi salute while holding a flag emblazoned with a large swastika.

    All 18 of Golden Dawn’s lawmakers have been arrested as the government of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras tries to dismantle the party, which has been charged with a number of criminal offenses, including attacks on immigrants. Golden Dawn wants all foreigners out of the country and remains third in popular support among Greeks.


    • Vasillios

      And of course you blame their youth. Why do you never report on that communist Tsipras im pretty sure he was a commie when he was young.

    • Long Live Dixie

      Interesting. Pictures of swastikas that look like they are at least 20 years old. Where are the articles about the current usage of the hammer and sickle by a party that has 12 MPs in the Hellenic parliament?

    • twopenceworth

      In picture 12, Pappas is not young. It’s from about 5 or 6 years ago. He is the number 2 in GD and he is a Nazi. GD duped the people who voted for them, saying they are nationalists not Nazis. They are liars. Unacceptable.

    • Vasillios

      Golden Dawn are “liars” So you are telling me the other parties dont lie, cheat, and steal. And Golden Dawn is not nazis they are Greek nationalists. So what they give a roman salute infront of a swastika. Doesnt make you a nazi. I have a picture of me infront of a communist flag when i was at a museum does that make me a commie?

    • George

      Being a communist is not the same as being a nazi. Communism is a real ideology, which suggests a very specific economic model and has a reasonable approach to social and historical issues. Same with liberalism.

      On the other hand nazism, is neither an ideology, nor a way of thinking. It’s pure hate and stupidity. Compare the nazi way of “thinking” to all other ideologies’. Nazism is a bunch of obsolete theories about “race” and “blood”, and all nazis are uneducated enough to consider an entire nation (the Jewish) as responsible for everything that happens on the planet.

      Being a communist or a liberal is not something to be ashamed of. Being a nazi, is, and whoever supports nazism is at least ridiculous.

      What could be happening in the brain of someone who believes in such an ideology? What could he do if he had the power?

      We wouldn’t mind so much if golden dawn’s leaders were nazis when they were young, but they still have such dumb “beliefs”, and not only they are inspired by the third reich, but they pretend to be nationalists to get elected.

      So, instead of accusing others of being communists, thinking that being a nazi is the same or better, “get back in your holes”, fascists!

      OK “συνέλληνα”;

    • twopenceworth

      The salute gesture is widely believed to be based on an ancient Roman custom. However, no surviving Roman work of art depicts it, nor does any extant Roman text describe it. Jacques-Louis David’s painting Oath of the Horatii (1784) seems to be the starting point for the gesture that became known as the Roman salute.The gesture and its identification with ancient Rome was advanced in other French neoclassic art. This was further elaborated upon in popular culture during the late 19th and early 20th centuries in plays and films that portrayed the salute as an ancient Roman custom.[19] This included the silent film Cabiria (1914), whose screenplay was written by the Italian ultra-nationalist Gabriele d’Annunzio, arguably the forerunner of Benito Mussolini. In 1919, when he led the occupation of Fiume, d’Annunzio adopted the style of salute depicted in the film as a neo-Imperialist ritual; and it was quickly adopted by the Italian Fascist Party.

      I re-quote:

      no surviving Roman work of art depicts it, nor does any extant Roman text describe it

    • MSMlies

      The right hand (Lat. dextera, dextra; Gr. δεξιά – dexia) was commonly used in antiquity as a symbol of pledging trust, friendship or loyalty.

      For example, Cicero reported that Octavian pledged an oath to Julius Caesar WHILE OUTSTRETCHING HIS RIGHT ARM: “Although that youth [the young Caesar Octavian] is powerful and has told Antony off nicely: yet, after all, we must wait to see the end.” But what a speech! He swore his oath with the words: “so may I achieve the honours of my father!”, and at the same time he STRETCHED OUT HIS RIGHT ARM in the direction of his statue.

      Sculptures commemorating military victories such as those on the Arch of Titus, the Arch of Constantine, or on the Column of Trajanare the best known examples of raised arms in art from this period.

      The images closest in appearance to a raised arm salute are scenes in Roman sculpture and coins which show an adlocutio, acclamatio, adventus, or profectio. These are occasions when a high-ranking official, such as a general or the Emperor, addresses individuals or a group, often soldiers. Unlike modern custom, in which both the leader and the people he addresses raise their arms, most of these scenes show only the senior official raising his hand. Occasionally it is a sign of greeting or benevolence, but usually it is used as an indication of power. An opposite depiction is the salutatio of a diogmites, a military police officer, who raises his right arm to greet his commander during his adventus on a relief from 2nd-century Ephesus.